Who Is The Australian Designer Showing Sustainable Work To The Queen?
“Someone is paying. The planet and people are paying.” - Kit Willow
Last year I wrote about one of my favorite Australian designers, Kit Willow of KitX. I wrote about her departure from namesake label Willow in 2013, to the launch of Kit Willow’s new brand, KitX in 2015.
Kit Willow has maintained her focus on ethical and sustainable standards with ready-to-wear fashion; her label is a result of consultation and collaboration with global organisations including Nest and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), as well as like-minded suppliers.
Due to her high ethical standards, Kit was recently invited to visit London as a guest of the Queen at Buckingham Palace for the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange for artisans. Livia Firth organised many sustainably minded designers of the British Commonwealth nations to present to the Queen the indigenous crafts of their nation.
According to Vogue Magazine: The dress Kit Willow presented featured bias-cut, hand-pleated Australian wool embroidered with Solomon Islands shells. “In the Solomons, they use shells as currency,” marveled Willow. “They see the resources of the planet as so valuable that they trade with them.” Willow’s own respect for the earth is deeply felt, and she goes to great lengths in her business to reflect it. At a showroom appointment in Paris, she pointed out the coconut buttons and the zipper tape made from upcycled plastic bottles. If you doubt how such a tiny detail could make such a huge impact, count the number of zippers in your closet, then multiply that by 7.5 billion.
Kit has always played a huge part of the handwork in her designs and it is important to her to keep the crafts alive.
“So much of the magic in fashion stems from a human skill, like hand-weaving and beading, for many artisan communities, they’re on the last generation of people working with these skills, because they’re going to work in other fields where they can earn more. We’re [at risk of] losing a lot of those crafts.” – Kit Willow
Other than her brilliant designs, these are more reasons why the Cazinc team love and supports KitX. We are proud of what Kit has achieved, especially over the past 5 years. She didn’t let others get her down. She got up when kicked, wiped herself off and started again. And now she is kicking goals.
Another great example of girl (or woman) power.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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